What does totalitarianism mean?

Definitions for totalitarianism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny(noun)

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

  2. absolutism, totalitarianism, totalism(noun)

    the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government


  1. totalitarianism(Noun)

    A system of government in which the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control, for example, a dictatorship.


  1. Totalitarianism

    Totalitarianism is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary. The concept of totalitarianism was first developed on a positive sense in the 1920s by the Italian fascists. The concept became prominent in Western anti-communist political discourse during the Cold War era, in order to highlight perceived similarities between Nazi Germany and other Fascist regimes on the one hand, and Soviet communism on the other. Aside from Fascist and Stalinist movements, there have been other movements that are totalitarian. The leader of the historic Spanish reactionary conservative movement called the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right declared his intention to "give Spain a true unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity..." and went on to say "Democracy is not an end but a means to the conquest of the new state. When the time comes, either parliament submits or we will eliminate it." The political and societal goals and practices of militant Islam have also been labeled as totalitarian.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of totalitarianism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of totalitarianism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lev Gudkov:

    Of course it is not Stalinist totalitarianism and mass repressions, but there are nevertheless now 'prophylactic repressions'.

  2. Unknown Russian:

    Every culture has its distinctive and normal system of government. Yours is democracy, moderated by corruption. Ours is totalitarianism, moderated by assassination.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi:

    What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy

  4. Mahatma Gandhi, "Non-Violence in Peace and War":

    What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

  5. Hannah Arendt:

    Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.

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